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It is snow! Icy cold snow! It was warm last night, surprisingly warmish except for those who remember that blizzards involve the warm part of winter weather and the sub-zero temperatures come as soon as the last snowflake falls. I have been inside all day in sweatpants and a tanktop, blissfully unaware of the true temperature outside. I maybe should go break out the car to make sure the doors still open. But as long as I don't need to drive anywhere, why bother? They won't get more frozen. Actually, I tell a lie. It's sunny right now. If the car were on the sunny side of the building, this would be the best time to get it all clean of snow. But it's on the shady side of the building, and it's locked in its own little permafrost. So as I already concluded, it's frozen solid.

I went grocery shopping last night. Ix escorted me, very kind of him. I made him speak Russian part of the way. He seemed to be feeling nostalgic for his four months abroad, most particularly the ease and availability of public transport in Russia. It's not a terribly long walk to the grocery store, even in slippery slushy snow, but it was also warm. Today it would feel like a much farther, much more hostile distance.

I'm a touch erratic right now. I have spent probably six hours on some homework that involved a lot of staring at radiographs, feeling woefully confused and beleaguered. I suspect there was a more efficient way to spend those five hours, but any time I spend studying is good, so I won't complain too much. But I must word-spew a bit before I can tolerate the thought of yet more studying. Thankfully, it will not involve radiographs.

Yesterday was a good, full day of doing. I made waffles, with ginger and cinnamon in them. I do not make waffles excessively, but I have totally perfected the art of adding ginger to them. I am convinced that ginger is the secret ingredient for perfect waffles. The cinnamon is nice, but truly it is the ginger.

I sketched parrots cleaning each other's behinds. It was... different. I am sad to say the sketch only makes sense if you know what you're looking at, but maybe I shall go back to the zoo some day and catch the parrots at it again, and then I shall do it larger. And in watercolor.

I went to a massive chocolate sampling with a couple of friends. The best moment was after we had sampled all the chocolate and went over in a curious, cavalier sort of way to look at a wine that was also open for sampling. It was a white wine but sort of a rose-gold color, because it was apparently infused with essence of cherry and chocolate. I tried some. My friends tried some. We stood. We tasted.

We ended up carrying out an armful of bottles of the stuff.

It was amazing! It actually tasted good! I like tasting wine (I like tasting everything), but this is something I could actually see drinking.

I think all three of us got bottles of it because we were able to think of people we needed christmas presents for, and none of us have actual plans to drink the bottles we got (except me, I got two, and one of them is going home for a family dinner that I fully intend to be present at). It was just enough expensive that none of us would buy it for ourselves...but presents, that's different.

June 2014

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